Slay the Giant with David's Sling
Sketch a drawing of a giant on a large sheet of paper ahead of time, and hang it on the wall. Provide plenty of space in front of the giant.
Give the children old piles of newspaper. Have them tear off small sections and crumple them into small balls. These pieces will be used as safe ‘paper rocks’ for the sling.
Demonstrate to the children how to shoot and aim with the sling. To shoot, simply place the ‘paper rock’ in the felt portion of the sling, pull back while holding the object, and then release.
Line up the children single file and have them take turns slaying the giant by shooting their 'paper rocks' at Goliath.
To make the activity more challenging, assign point values to specific targets on his body. For instance, Goliath's arm is worth 5 points, his chest is worth 10, and his head is worth 25 points. Keep a tally of each child's score and award a small prize at the end.
Safety Warning: Prior to allowing the children to practice shooting, discuss safety issues such as always aiming the sling away from people and animals and only using the ‘paper rocks’ in the sling.